This is contained in a statement signed by Paul Mumeh, Media Assistant to Mark, on Friday.
The statement said Mark made the remark at a thanksgiving Church service to mark his 68th birthday in Benue.
Mark said this year’s birthday was devoid of fanfare to identify with the people of his constituents, who were massacred in the Agatu crisis.
He decried the Agatu/herdsmen crisis that claimed thousands of lives and property, adding that
“I am not celebrating on account of the situation we find ourselves today.
My heart bleeds when I see my people massacred in Agatu. I am saddened that suddenly our people became refugees in their homes.
I pray that peace returns as soon as possible so that the survivors and all the displaced people scattered in various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps return to their homes.
I urge the state and Federal Governments to do everything possible to resettle the beleaguered Agatu people.
We must do all we can to live in peace in Nigeria. I earnestly crave for a crime-free society, where all citizens are free to pursue their legitimate ambitions anywhere without molestation,” he said.
Mark said it was only in a peaceful environment that meaningful development could be achieved.
He added that as a part of his dedication to God, he had forgiven all those who offended him in one way or the other.
“I have forgiven all those who offended me. I also request that all those I may have offended forgive me.
Even those who hate me with passion, may God touch their hearts to allow me exist. For me and my family, we will continue to serve and thank God,” he said. (NAN)